As we round out our 21st year at The Shane Center, it is with gratitude to the Central Ohio community for sustaining our worthwhile work that has helped so many individuals with special needs. Our energy for continuing this work is strong and we are filled with BIG ideas for enhancing our existing therapeutic programs and constantly looking for our "next step" to enrich the lives of people with special needs.
2014 has been our BIGGEST year yet! In January, Equine Assisted Therapy, Inc. became The Shane Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship. In May, The Shane Center became a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH, Intl.) Premier Accredited Center (PAC). Not only are we Central Ohio's original therapeutic riding center, we are the only PATH PAC within a 60 mile radius. In July, The Shane Center became part of the Wounded Warriors Project Partnership, opening the doors for WWP Alumni to participate in our brand new "Shane's Cavalry", equine services for heroes program that launched in August. And finally, The Shane Center has been able to serve 52% MORE participants per week this year with the hiring of a third PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor and the addition of 2 new board of director members!
We have BIG plans for 2015 – The Shane Center will develop an instructor training program, partner with Ohio State University and Otterbein University to offer introductory courses on equine assisted activities. The Shane Center will also continue to enhance its programming, develop its facilities, and fulfill its mission of improving the quality of life for people with disabilities through innovative equestrian activities.
We are thinking BIG and looking toward The Shane Center's future. The generosity of people just like you has brought us such a great distance since 1993 – Will you help our organization continue to serve those with special needs who gain so much from our programs? We are strong because of support from individuals like you and we are looking to the future with BIG dreams for our riders – your help plays a BIG part in our ability to make a difference in their lives.
Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today! You may send a check; donate on line through Pay Pal at: http://www.shanecenter.org/paypal.html , or scan the QR code with your smart phone or tablet.
Karen Sanchez Founder/Executive Director